Herbert E. Carter Travel Award

About the Award

The Herbert E. Carter Travel Award Program has been established in honor of Dr. Carter's spirit and passion for interdisciplinary scholarship and research in higher education. The award provides up to $600 per year to GIDP students for National or International travel to a conference/professional meeting. Please review the Instructions & Procedures. Applications will be reviewed by the Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs Advisory Council (GIDPAC).

You will find compelling Abstracts and Conference Summaries of past recipients of this prestigious award on the GIDP website.

If you would like to apply, please complete the online application form.



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Herbert E. Carter, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Founding Director of Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs​
In Memorium 1910 - 2007


Herbert E. Carter led the way to a metamorphosis in scholarship and research at The University of Arizona more than three decades ago. He recognized that the processes and systems underlying individual disciplines seemed to be remarkably similar and interdependent. Dr. Carter concluded that what lies in between disciplines--the area of interdisciplinarity--is where future developments, novel discoveries, and newly invigorated training programs would flourish. Soon after his arrival in Tucson in 1971, Dr. Carter began to assemble faculty from various departments and disciplines into a new organizational paradigm that eventually emerged as the Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs at The University of Arizona. He thus became the Founding Director of the GIDPs, even though at the time this title had not yet been recognized. Since then, Dr. Carter provided all succeeding leaders of the GIDPs, in both administration and in the individual programs, with the enthusiasm, vigor, commitment and conviction as were rooted in his stellar career. Dr. Carter’s achievements in the national and international arenas of higher education and research clearly reflect his intellect, thinking and passion for science and education. His service on prestigious national boards is beyond compare, as are his numerous prizes and accolades from his colleagues. Dr. Carter even had a mountain ridge named after him, in Antarctica, in recognition of his service as Chairman of the National Science Board. Herbert E. Carter truly exemplified the spirit and passion of interdisciplinarity in higher education, and we are so fortunate to have him as the Founding Director of our GIDP system.

Last updated 8 Jan 2021